This is what's left of the crash site here in Tynan after a male pilot crashed his recreational helicopter just before noon Saturday...that pilot somehow surviving, but is now left with serious injuries.
The helicopter crashed in a field off of County Road 796 near 528 in Bee County. DPS troopers tell us the male pilot, who was the only person in the helicopter at the time of the crash, was unconscious on arrival and suffered head injuries, bruising to the face, and other fractures. He was transported by Halo Flight to Christus Spohn Memorial where he remains in serious condition. Once he was out of the plane, officials tell us it caught fire and charred fragments of it remain here on the scene...a kind of crash law enforcement in our area say rarely happens.
"Fighter planes doing their practicing we've had a couple of those go down in the Live Oak area and of course down in Kleberg County but haven't seen any helicopters crash as of lately," said Sgt. Nathan Brandley with DPS.
Right now the pilot's name and age has not been released or where the helicopter had been flying from.
Even though most of the wreckage has been removed, the FAA and NTSB are on their way to the scene to investigate how and why the helicopter went down.
Reporting from Tynan, Briana Whitney 3 News.